Frequently Asked Questions

What is eto Music Practice?

eto Music Practice is a new and exciting way to practice musical instruments; a combination of contemporary multimedia technology and traditional music notation. It is available to anyone who subscribes to our site. Subscriptions can be paid monthly or annually.

What music is available to practice using eto Music Practice?

Lists of music for different instruments and different styles will continue to grow.

Most accompaniments have an easier and more difficult part that can be played to it. This allows for:

  • Everybody in the class can take part whatever their ability
  • Ensemble playing within the classroom or with the family at home.

Having practiced using eto Music Practice one group/ individual could play from the printed music whilst the others are being taught via the computer or Interactive White Board. (Schools only)

What are the eto Music Practice tools?

Choosing to hear the Melody and Accompaniment

Clicking the appropriate tick box gives the option of hearing, or not, the melody and accompaniment. These choices can be made as the music is playing without causing it to stop.

Practising with the melody will improve:

  • playing in tune (intonation)
  • the reading of music notation

Eventually playing without hearing the melody will give the freedom of interpretation; having perfected the technique of playing the notes using eto Music Practice.

Practising with the accompaniment will:

  • encourage a lot more practice
  • improve playing in time
  • be very enjoyable

Occasional practising of sections at a slower speed without the accompaniment could concentrate the mind on a particular difficult technique to master.

Beat Counter

If the Beat Counter box is ticked the beats of the bar will appear in time with the music above the appropriate place. This not only acts as a conductor keeping the beat but also really improves the reading of music notation. The more you play the more you will understand. No more ‘I don’t know how it goes’ which ahs lead to so much incorrect practice.

Changing Tempo

All melodies and accompaniments can be heard and therefore practiced at various speeds. There is no loss of audio quality when the tempo is changed.

Playing along with the accompaniment at slower tempi make practising so enjoyable and less frustrating. Even playing at half speed it feels as if you are performing.

Changing tempo whilst the music is playing will stop the current melody and/ or accompaniment and it will take a few seconds to download the new tempo.

Repeating a section of the music

By entering a start bar and end bar and clicking the Repeat Box the chosen section of music will repeat until you stop and un-tick the Repeat Box.

When you press the Play Button the music will start from the bar before you have chosen, giving a full bar of beats introduction before you start. The audio will fade up. The music will begin to fade out at the start of the last bar you chose. Therefore if you want to practice the full bars of 3 to 5 inclusive:
enter 3 as the Start From Bar and 6 as To Bar. The music will fade up through bar 2 and fade out through bar 6.

Note Names

When the Note Name box is ticked the names of the notes of the tune will appear as they are played under the music notation.

They can be left on until the notes are remembered; and then switched off.

Breath Marks & Bow Marks

Where appropriate these rehearsal marks can be displayed by ticking the box.

Words

For some tunes words are available. They appear under the music notation.

If the Words Box is ticked whilst the Note Names are displayed the Note names will disappear; and vice versa.

Recorder Fingerings

Click on the notes name and the relevant recorder fingering diagram will appear to the right of the music notation.

Chord Diagrams (Guitar only)

Click on the notes name and the relevant recorder fingering diagram will appear to the right of the music notation.